What building code does the county use?

The County uses the following building codes:

  • International Building Code, 2015 edition.
  • International Residential Code, 2015 edition.
  • International Existing Building Code, 2015 edition.
  • International Mechanical Code, 2015 edition.
  • International Existing Building Code, 2015 edition
  • International Fire Code, 2015 edition.
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015 edition.
  • International Plumbing Code, 2015 edition
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70- National Electrical Code, 2014 Edition
  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, 2015 edition
  • Appendix Q (Tiny Homes) of the 2018 International Residential Code
  • Sound Attenuation Ordinance (as mandated by ARS 28-8481 and 8482)

Please note: The International Building Code and other related codes are subject to the amendments contained in the Local amendments pertinent to Cochise County (PDF)

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1. What is the zoning of my property?
2. Do I need a permit?
3. What are the minimum requirements for the owner-builder option?
4. Where can I find information about the Douglas Active Management Area (AMA)?
5. How do I get electric service to my property?
6. Can I build a tiny home on my property and, if so, what are the requirements?
7. Can I camp on my vacant property?
8. What building code does the county use?
9. Can I use an alternative waste disposal system on my property?
10. Can I live in an RV on my property?
11. Can I build my own home or do I need a licensed contractor?
12. Where can I find more information about my property?
13. Can I build an accessory dwelling structure or guest house on my property?
14. When will my building permit expire? Can it be extended?
15. How can I get an address?
16. How much does a permit cost?
17. How do I apply for a permit?
18. Is my property in a floodplain?
19. What is a setback and how is it measured?
20. Can I operate a business out of my home?
21. Can you tell me the location of easements on or near my property?
22. How do I resolve an easement dispute with my neighbor?
23. Am I allowed to have livestock (goats, horses, pigs...) on my property?
24. How do I get potable water to my property?